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Do you have any information on two Hamsptead girls killed in a fire in the 1940s?

Gail Calloway

Q. My 97-year-old father says he lived and worked in Hampstead during the 1940s. He tells the story of a house fire that killed two small girls. This bears on his mind a lot and he tells it to me many times. The details are always basically the same. He tells me he worked in the bean fields and lodged with the owners. Any information would be appreciated.

A. After checking the Pender County Digital Archive, the North Carolina History Project, and several obituary listings from the 1940s, we could find no mention of this fire or the death of the two small girls.

If anyone knows of this unfortunate incident please let us hear from you in the Comments section below.


Does anyone remember the old Boyle Ice Company near Smiths Creek?

Do you know of a church-based orphanage in Wilmington in the mid-1930s possibly though the 1940s?


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